CIO, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
CIO, Intrax Cultural Exchange
CEO, Auctiva Corporation
Board Member, DigitalTown
BS, Computer Science, Yale
MA, Philosophy, Yale
CIO Magazine CIO 100 award
Computerworld Premier 100 award
Computerworld Elite 100 award
Federal Computer Week Fed 100 award
Leadership in Technology Innovation award
Overcoming the Business-IT divide
Understanding and delivering business value
Dealing with bureaucracy
Business risk and information security
Using DevOps and the cloud to transform organizations
Public sector, private sector, and nonprofits
"Maintain a game-changing vision but move towards it in small increments."
Mark is a sought-after technology leader, prolific writer, and frequent speaker. He has held C-suite positions at several organizations, large and small, where over time he earned a reputation for challenging the status quo in business, processes, and technology. Mark is an outspoken advocate for Agile, Lean, and DevOps methodologies, and espouses a continuous improvement philosophy. Today he uses his powers for good by collaborating with enterprise leaders to create innovative, cloud-based strategies, and his experience is both wide-ranging and well-demonstrated. While the CIO of US Citizenship and Immigration Services, he brought Agile and DevOps practices to the federal government. As the CIO of Intrax Cultural Exchange, he was the first to use business intelligence and supply chain analytics to place au pairs with host families. As an Enterprise Strategist for AWS, Mark is on a never-ending quest to articulate and substantiate the critical role that cloud plays in today’s enterprises.
If we were compelled to choose a few words to describe Mark as an enterprise technology leader, you might hear such descriptors as “change agent,” “disruptor,” and “bar-raiser.” For Mark, change isn’t something to be managed—it needs to be continuously embraced and adopted. Curiosity must prevail in the face of a “we’ve-always-done-it-this-way” attitude. And change is always possible in his mind. Even when things feel the most constrained – in the face of deadening bureaucracy, organizational politics, rigid processes, communication vacuums – Mark has the hammer to smash his way through.
It’s not really a hammer, of course, but Mark’s voice, pen, and experience as a leader in several organizations over the years gets the job done. Like that time when he was a new CIO of US Citizenship and Immigration Services and boldly questioned the musty technology practices of the federal government (ask him about the infamous document known as the “MD102,” but proceed with caution).
Through his influential blog, chockfull of biz-tech wisdom, or his on-stage appearances (where he shines at anecdotal storytelling and often brings tired convention-goers to giggles), Mark’s passion for evangelizing the business value of IT and cloud is clear.
How to Think Like a Digital CFO
AWS Enterprise Strategist Mark Schwartz explores the common traits of today's digital CFOs.
Creating a Culture of Security
Security has become everyone’s job, and its management has become a strategic concern. Learn how to build a culture of security for your organization.
An Executive View of Lean and Agile IT for CFOs
Agile, Lean, and DevOps can help CFOs increase returns, oversee investments, implement controls, gain transparency, deliver insights, and manage costs.
Driving Change From the Top Down
AWS Enterprise Strategist Mark Schwartz explains how a clear vision and your leadership position can help keep your organization on track to deliver.
In times of complexity and change, humility can improve your competitive position, facilitate innovation, and strengthen customer relationships.
Staying Competitive by Investing in Cloud Skills
Cloud skills may be the most important investment you make. With the right foundations in place, acquiring cloud skills can become a much simpler proposition that builds on what your people already know.
War and Peace and IT
Lead your company into the digital age by harnessing the expertise and innovation that is already under your roof: IT.
A Seat at the Table
Examines the role of IT leadership as it is now and as it should be―an integral part of the value creation engine.
The Art of Business Value
Explore what business value really means and how it should affect software development and delivery practices.